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 1        AN ACT in relation to broadcasting.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  1.  Short  title.  This  Act may be cited as the
 5    Broadcast Industry Free Market Act.

 6        Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
 7        (a)  "Broadcasting industry" means television, radio, and
 8    cable stations.
 9        (b)  "Broadcast  employee"  means  any  employee   of   a
10    broadcasting   industry  employer,  other  than  a  sales  or
11    management employee.

12        Section 10. Post-employment covenants not to compete  are
13    prohibited.
14        (a)  No  broadcasting industry employer may require in an
15    employment contract that an employee or prospective  employee
16    refrain  from  obtaining  employment in a specific geographic
17    area for a specific  period  of  time  after  termination  of
18    employment with that broadcasting industry employer.
19        (b)  This  Section  does not prevent the enforcement of a
20    covenant not to compete during  the  term  of  an  employment
21    contract  or  against  an employee who breaches an employment
22    contract.

23        Section 15. Damages. Any person or entity  that  violates
24    Section   10  of  this  Act  is  liable  for  civil  damages,
25    attorney's fees, and costs.

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